A Plague on Our Children

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  • 1990
  • 1 hr 46 min

A hard-hitting investigation of dioxins and PCBs, with a clear scientific explanation of why they are the most poisonous man-made substances in existence, and the disturbing human consequences of exposure to them. Corporate defenders, scientists and victims appear, including U.S. veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam war, factory workers exposed to PCBs, housewives exposed to toxic spray in logging areas, families exposed to the poisons at Love Canal and other waste disposal sites. When first telecast in the PBS "Nova" series, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial about the documentary, questioning the filmmaker's patriotism. Soon after, "A Plague on Our Children" won the prestigious DuPont Columbia Broadcast Journalism award (Pulitzer Prize of TV journalism). The New York Times review: "If all of this seems somewhat harsh on the petrochemicals business, industry spokesmen make the treatment seem justified...Mr. Richter's documentary is angry and quite persuasive." Divisible into two parts: Part One focuses on dioxin. Part Two focuses on PCBs. More at www.RichterVideos.com

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A hard-hitting investigation of dioxins and PCBs, with a clear scientific explanation of why they are the most poisonous man-made substances in existence, and the disturbing human consequences of exposure to them. Corporate defenders, scientists and victims appear, including U.S. veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam war, factory workers exposed to PCBs, housewives exposed to toxic spray in logging areas, families exposed to the poisons at Love Canal and other waste disposal sites. When first telecast in the PBS "Nova" series, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial about the documentary, questioning the filmmaker's patriotism. Soon after, "A Plague on Our Children" won the prestigious DuPont Columbia Broadcast Journalism award (Pulitzer Prize of TV journalism). The New York Times review: "If all of this seems somewhat harsh on the petrochemicals business, industry spokesmen make the treatment seem justified...Mr. Richter's documentary is angry and quite persuasive." Divisible into two parts: Part One focuses on dioxin. Part Two focuses on PCBs. More at www.RichterVideos.com
  • Release Date
    1990
  • Runtime
    1 hr 46 min